Sydney to Melbourne campervan itinerary on a budget!
This is a free detailed Sydney to Melbourne campervan itinerary on a budget guide from Travelwheels. We can email you a free PDF of our Sydney to Melbourne route planner here.
Driving down to Melbourne is one of travelwheels campervans favourite campervan hire trips in Australia. Our staff at our Sydney branch recommends between 2-3 weeks to have a great holiday. This will therefore give you enough time to make some cool stop or side trips along the way! Below is the FREE Sydney to Melbourne route planner with loads of information on free and low cost places to visit Travelwheels recommends travelling via the wonderful coastline route called the Grand Pacific Highway on the adventure down to Melbourne.
Sydney to Melbourne campervan hire travelwheels suggests 3 weeks
At travelwheels camper hire we get loads of people emailing us questions about how many weeks do you recommend for a Sydney to Melbourne Campervan hire road trip?
Travelwheels camper hire recommends at least 2 to 3 weeks to explore the scenic drive down to Melbourne by Campervan. The reason why travelwheels suggests 2-3 weeks for the drive down to Melbourne as there are so many great FREE and low cost side trips you can do. Driving down to Melbourne on this scenic route you will be rewarded with wonderful scenery and remember there are a lot less tourists on the drive down to Melbourne than compared to driving to Cairns! Therefore what are you waiting for……let’s check out travelwheels camper hire speacials on Sydney to Melbourne campervan hire here and let’s go to Melbourne!
Just one more thing, are you flexible with your dates and travel arrangements? Therefore if you can answer yes, then you could save a lot of money! For example our Melbourne to Sydney roadtrips are normally 30 to 50% cheaper! If in the meantime you are looking for a bargain, reverse your trip and save big time! Call our team on 0412766616 for more info, because we all like to save money!
Sydney to Melbourne travelwheels suggests go via the coast road
When planning a campervan hire road trip to Melbourne, travelwheels suggests to go via the coast road. The route between Sydney to Melbourne via NSW coastline is often overlooked by many after the excitement of Sydney and the draw of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef!
However if you choose Melbourne coastal route you will be treated to a more authentic trip down with less tourists. If you love nature and beautiful landscapes then you are in for a treat as there are approximately 35 National Parks and Nature Reserves on the drive to Melbourne in your campervan to explore away from the crowds!
Sydney to Melbourne campervan hire – visit great beaches!
Sydney to Melbourne travelwheels campervan hire suggests visit some great beaches There are an amazing amount of unspoilt beaches and stunning coastal scenery all within easy driving distances of each other when you drive down to Melbourne. This means you don’t have to drive for hours each day to have a great time seeing all the sights!
This is one of the main reasons for recommending the Sydney to Melbourne campervan hire trip using travelwheels campervans. First of all it is a lot less driving every day. This gives you more time to see all the sights and have a fun trip in your Melbourne campervan hire holiday! This is a much better way of doing things that trying to do the Sydney to Melbourne route in about a week! Who wants to send all your time inside your camper behind the wheel, instead let’s get out there and explore some fun new places!
How long is drive from Sydney to Jervis Bay in campervan??
It all depends on two things, one the traffic leaving Sydney and secondly do you want to go on a dolphin trip? It takes about three hours to drive from Sydney to Jervis Bay in a campervan with limited stops, but that is not a lot of fun! On the drive down to Melbourne, you guys should definitely stop at Jervis Bay and see the dolphins 🙂
Travelwheels campervans recommends Sydney Jervis Bay scenic drive
Travelwheels campervan hire recommends Jervis Bay scenic drive – our tip is to not rush the 3 hour drive from Sydney to Jervis Bay in your campervan. Most people fly past loads of cool things to do for free! Why not make the actual journey a part of the adventure as you drive down to Melbourne. There are lots of great things to see and do and most of them are FREE!!
Sydney to Jervis Bay Scenic drive hire tips – one things travelwheels campervans hire recommends is to leave Sydney early in the morning with your campervan on the way down to Melbourne. The traffic can be very bad leaving Sydney and luckily Travewheels campervan hire Sydney is located close to the Airport and the main highway going south. This means you will be straight on the road to Jervis Bay within minutes of picking up your campervan hire vehicle from our base in Sydney.
Going for a Travelwheels Campervan Hire deal is a great way to explore Jervis Bay senic drive. It great fun driving along the Pacific Highway and you will lots of cool stuff on this beautiful coastal region of NSW. The GRAND PACIFIC DRIVE has over 140 kms of some of New South Wales’s most spectacular scenery and coastline to explore in your travelwheels campervan hire van and it’s all for FREE!
For more information checkout this link Grand Pacific Drive for lots of useful maps and great hints and tips on where to go with your travelwheels campervan hire van
Exploring Botany Bay Captain Cook landed on 29 April 1770
Exploring Botany Bay Captain Cook landed here on 29 April 1770 This was where Captain Cook first landed in Australia back in April 29th 1770 and it is just a short drive away from Sydney. This makes it an ideal first stop on your campervan hire holiday from Sydney to Melbourne. Why not jump out of the campervan (instead of whizzing past) and take a walk and admire the views and the sheer beauty right on the doorstep of Sydney!
Captain Cook first landed in Botany Bay in 1770 in an area which is now known as “Kurnell”. There are some great short walks such as the Monument track (1km) or the coastal walk to Bailey Lighthouse.
Why not stop at Kurnell with your campervan and check out the Discovery Centre which is a great spot to find out more about Aboriginal culture. There is a good historical display of the meeting between the Endeavour crew of Captain Cook and the local Aborigines.
Also whilst in the area, check out La Perouse and you can explore Bare Island Fort. If you fancy some FREE WHALE WATCHING, then check out Cape Solander and if you are very lucky there is a chance to see whales as they migrate north as they head for the breading grounds.
Royal National Park – Australia’s first nation park founded 1879
Royal National Park – Australia’s first nation park founded 1879 – The Royal NP is approximately 29 km south of Sydney Harbour. It is great place to explore with your travelwheels campervan hire vehicle.
It’s amazing how many people simply drive past and don’t stop here on the way down to Melbourne! We are always shocked by the amount of people who pick up their travelwheels campervan hire van and drive straight down the main highway! Laods of people don’t even do the wonderful tourist drive through the Royal National Park which is FREE! If you do decide to stop and explore the Royal-national-park, then you will see spectacular scenery from sub tropical rain forests and sandstone heathlands, to dramatic coastal cliffs and unspoilt ocean beaches.
There are some great beaches to explore here, and it’s a wonderful place for walking tracks. Many of these tracks have fantastic ocean views and all this is just outside of Sydney! There are over 100 kms of walking tracks, and if you have the time, we suggest you have a go at walking along the 26km coastal walk with stunning headland views, beautiful beaches and rainforest valleys.
The main visitor centre is located in Audley and the NPWS Royal National Park Visitors Centre has lots of useful information for free. Why not park up your campervan and explore this area for a bit instead of whizzing past down to Melbourne?
Sydney to Royal National Park scenic drive by campervan
The easiest way to get from sydney to Royal National Park with your camper hire is to take the scenic drive which goes right through the Royal National Park! When you leave Sydney just follow the signs for Woolongong (south of Sydney) via the Pacific Highway.
Once you are on this road, then look for the signs for “Scenic Drive Royal National Park” and you will need to turn off at Farnell Ave from Princes Highway. Alternately you can also continue down Princes Highway towards Waterfall and then you will see the signs for the scenic drive.
How to avoid paying $11 vehicle entry fee for Royal National Park
There is a $11 vehicle entry fee for the Royal National Park, but here is a great tip to save you money! Remember you do not have to pay the $11 vehicle entry fee for the Royal National Park if you only travelling through and just want to do the scenic drive. The fee only applies if stopping or parking any time in the national park.
Hangliding at Bald Hill Stanwell Park, NSW
Hangliding at Bald Hill Stanwell Park, NSW – After driving through the wonderful Royal National Park then the route takes you through beautiful coastal rainforests and spectacular driving scenery such as the newly opened Sea View Bridge which literally sits on top of sheer cliffs and has the ocean below, and remember to keep your eyes on the road!
The next stop travelwheels campervan Hire Australia recommends checking out on the way down to Melbourne is beautiful Stanwell Park. It’s a great place to stop for a couple of hours and you can see loads of paragliders throwing themselves off the cliffs at Bald hill!
This is one of the premier hang gliding and paragliding sites in Australia and it’s once a short distance away from Sydney! The views are great from the top Bald Hill and you get a chance to watch all the people throw themselves off the cliffs! Therefore plenty of free entertainment here and the beach below is really lovely as well!
For more information about hang gliding or paragliding in Australia at Stanwell-Park, then you will need to contact (SPHGPC) Stanwell-Park Hang gliding & Paragliding Club and their website is www.flystanwell.com
If you are after less dangerous activities in this area, then there are plenty of good walking tracks for free as well. Why not explore the Stanwell Tops lookout track which runs from Stanwell-Park train station up the hillside to the Peace Garden, where there are historic Aboriginal carvings on the trees. Also check out the Wodi Wodi walking track where you can see an aboriginal drawing of a whale whilst taking in the views.
When you leave the Stanwell-Park area heading towards Melbourne remember to stop at the Lookout for amazing views which is located just outside of the exit of the Royal National Park, before you reach the Nan Tien Temple.
Visit Largest Buddhist temple in Southern Hemisphere near Sydney
Visit Largest Buddhist temple in Southern Hemisphere near Sydney. The next stop on your Sydney to Melbourne campervan hire adventure is Nan Tien Temple. It is known as the “Southern Paradise” and it is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere.
Nan Tien Temple is a cool place to visit as there are loads of things to check out such as the cool architecture, exhibitions, and loads of classes and courses. The opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday & All Public Holidays 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information on classes, courses and driving directions to the temple from Sydney, check out their website: http://www.nantien.org.au
Kiama Blowhole – discovered in 1797 by George Bass
Next stop is the Kiama Blowhole which is situated in the town of Kiama, NSW, Australia. It is approximately 120kms from Sydney and it will take about two hours driving time in a campervan from Sydney to reach the town of Kiama to see the blow hole. It was discovered over 100 years ago by George Bass when he anchored his whale boat in Kiama harbour back in December 1797.
The Kiama Blowhole can spray water up to 25 metres in the air, so you might get wet! It’s a fun place to visit and it is another FREE attraction, so a great way to see some of the sights without paying any entry fees.
If can get busy with coach tours, so travelwheels camper hire also recommends visiting the second blow hole down in Kiama which only the locals really go and visit, so you will feel less like a tourist! It’s not as famous as it’s bigger brother and is called the “Little Blowhole” due to its narrow shape. Here is the address of the smaller blowhole if you want directions on how to get there: Little Blowhole Reserve, Tingira Crescent, Kiama, a few minutes’ drive south of the main blowhole on the road to Melbourne.
Visit Berry which is known as the ‘town of trees’
Berry is approximately a two hour drive from Sydney and is known as the “town of trees”. This is a nice place to stop on the way down to Melbourne and you might ask why is it called the “town of trees”? There is a simple answer as during the 1800’s the first settlers who moved here planed many English oaks, elms and beech trees.
Berry is a popular weekend destination for Sydneysiders looking to relax and check out all the antique and craft shops. If you don’t like shopping, then how about driving another ten or fifteen minutes and visit spectacular National Park called “Seven Mile Beach”?
Learn how to surf near Sydney – Seven Mile Beach National Park
What’s all the rush with trying to drive down to Melbourne in a few days? Why not learn how to surf at Seven Mile Beach? Are you looking for a good beach to learn how to surf, then visiting seven mile beach is the ideal spot for you! Seven Mile Beach National Park is one of the smallest parks in the NSW and is approximately 137 kilometres south of Sydney
On the drive down to Melbourne, travelwheels really recommend stopping off here at Seven Mile Beach. The reason why is because this beach is so suitable for beginner surfers is the “inner bar in the north offers a wide spilling breaks which is popular with learners” – that is surfing talk, and if you are interested in going on a surf camp we really recommend clicking on SURF CAMP website and ask them for travelwheels campervan hire discount coupon which can save you money on beginners surf lessons with Surf Camp Australia.
Jervis Bay dolphins whale tours three hours drive from Sydney
Jervis Bay dolphins whale tours three hours drive from Sydney – Jervis Bay is home to dolphins, whales, kangaroos, and also the beach with the whitest sand in the world (see Guiness Book of Records) and it’s only three hours drive in your travelwheels campervan hire vehicle from the city-of-sydney!
Jervis Bay is one of travelwheels campervan hire staff’s favourite places to visit on a weekend trip from Sydney. Many of our customers who hire a campervan on their way to Melbourne always say how much they love exploring Jervis Bay!
Dolphin tours cost approximately $30-40 for a two hour boat trip on the calm crystal waters of Jervis Bay. Make sure you bring your iPhone or video camera to film those playful dolphins as nature intended.
Whale watching tours in Jervis Bay close to Sydney
Whale watching tours in Jervis Bay close to Sydney – Jervis Bay is one of the best places in Australia to see whales on their annual migration heading north to the waters around Harvey Bay. On the great things about Jervis Bay is that you do not need to necessarily go on a boat tour to see humpbacks and southern right whales. Many travelwheels campervan hire customers have seen both whales and dolphins whilst lying on the beach in the Jervis Bay area, so travelwheels really recommend exploring this area.
If you don’t want to go whale or dolphin watching then there are loads of other activities you can do in the Jervis Bay area for free. You can easily explore the marine and coastal National Parks which are stunning and they offer plenty of opportunities to go bushwalking, cycling, camping, swimming, exploring secret coves and hidden creeks with a kayak for example. It is also a good place to learn about Aboriginal culture and see some free carvings made from the local Aboriginal tribes from this area.
Explore Jervis Bay area with travelwheels campervan hire:
Huskisson – Most of the whale and dolphin watching tours start from Huskisson and it is a fantastic area for scuba-diving with crystal clear calm waters.This is the second most popular dive spot in Australia after the Great Barrier Reef!
BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK – Fancy visiting a national park with rugged cliffs facing the sea? Great for fantastic white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling! If you are lucky then you might see Sting Rays, Dolphins and even a Penguin Colony near Bowen Island! Booderee National Park Website
Where can I see Kangaroos near Sydney – Booderee National-Park
The staff at travelwheels campervan hire really love the Booderee National-Park and it’s a wonderful place to see wild Kangaroos and if you are lucky they might even come up to you and say hello!
Campsites close to Jervis Bay Green Patch, Bristol Point
Travelwheels recommonds some great campsites close to Jervis Bay such as Green Patch, Bristol Point or Cave Beach. There are a number of good campsites in the Booderee NP either Green Patch, Bristol Point or Cave Beach and they have lots of tame Kangaroos and Rosellas which are very friendly close by. This is a good place to park and spend a few nights in your travelwheels campervan hire van!
Sydney Melbourne Campervan Hire Contact travelwheels campervans
Remember you can contact Travelwheels for FREE advice on campervan hire to Melbourne or any of the other major cities in Australia. Travelwheels have plenty of free route planners in different languages and we love to help you plan your camper hire trip. Travelwheels friendly staff will answer any questions you may have and you can send travelwheels an email in English, Deutsch or Français
Sydney to Melbourne campervan itinerary Jervis Bay to Murramarang NP
After seeing the dolphins at Jervis Bay, it is now time to jump in to your camper hire on your trip from Sydney to Melbourne and go find some kangaroos in the wilds!
Heading in the direction of Melbourne in your travelwheels camper-van hire vehicle all you have to do is follow the signs for the Murramarang national-park from Jervis Bay. Along the route you will find numerous unspoilt beaches, lakes and plenty of Australian wildlife to enjoy on your adventure.
Sydney to Melbourne Travelwheels Campervan Hire Specials
Just in case you have got your camper hire already organised for Australia, then feel free to check out our Sydney to Melbourne campervan hire Specials here
Scenic drives from Jervis Bay to Melbourne in a campervan
Today’s senic drive from Jervis Bay is a lovely 100 kms drive. That is approximately two hours driving at a steady pace in your travelwheels campervan hire van. Instead of rushing, why not relax and enjoy your holiday in this area? This is a great place to get up close to some tame kangaroos!
Why not explore Booderee Botanic Gardens, Milton & Ulladulla?
Travelwheels campervan hire Sydney recommends spending some time chilling and going for a short walk around the Booderee Botanic Gardens It has over 1600 species by a beautiful small freshwater Lake called Lake McKenzie, and it’s for free!
Milton is the first small town you will come across on the road down to Melbourne in your camper. Milton is known locally for its arts and crafts with some great little cafes and art galleries to check out. Why not park up your camper and view the local arts and crafts on display.
Ulladulla is the next town you will pass back in your travelwheels campervan. Ulladulla is a great place to vsit and many Australian’s love going on holiday in this area from Sydney. Great place to stop in your travelwheels camper hire and speak to some Australian’s on holiday. This area is famous for a wide variety of water based activities, so jump out of your van and hit the water!
Ulladulla is a great area for kids and families to explore. You can find some great deals on water based activities and at good prices as well! There are lots of water based fun stuff to do such as boat hire, canoe hire, diving, etc. This area is also known for surfing and there are some great spots to hit, but we are not allowed to tell you where they are! This means you will have to either have to drive around in your travelwheels camper hire van looking for these secret surf spots or email travelwheels and we will tell you!
Visit Morton National-Park & climb Pigeon House Mountain!
Morton National-Park is a great place to visit and explore the surrounding area. If you are lucky you can also find somewhere to park up your campervan for free and check out this lovely NP without loads of other tourists!Those of you who like a challenge, and want to explore the area should jump out of the travelwheels Sydney campervan hire van and climb Pigeon House Mountain which has stunning views of the surrounding area for those who reach the summit! Why not also make another detour and visit Fitzroy Falls
Murramarang National-Park & Tame Eastern Gray Kangaroos
Want to see some Tame Eastern Gray Kangaroos? Then travelwheels campervan hire suggests stopping at Murramarang National Park!This area is famous for its laid back kangaroos! This would be travelwheels suggestion for the next stop on your Sydney to Melbourne campervan hire adventure. There are a number of great campsites near the beaches for you to explore.Well worth chilling out here and this way you have plenty of time to check out all the friendly Kangaroos! The Kangas will often visit the campsites and will come up to you and say hello! Some of the kangaroos chill out on the beach and when it’s a really hot day you might get luck and spot some kangaroos cooling off in the water!!!
Kangaroos on the beach in Australia?
This is Travelwheels hire Australia recommendation for the second place to stop in your campervan on the way down to Melbourne. The Murramarang National-Park is a special place that is often overlooked by the big rush to get to down to Melbourne from Sydney!
Stop here and you can swim, kayak, surf in the clear waters or enjoy the many walks either in the forest or by the numerous beaches such as Pebbly or Depot Beach for example. If this not your thing then how about interacting with the friendly Kangaroos and this will put a smile even on a weary travellers face!
Definitely worth parking up your campervan in this area. We suggest spending a day or two here on your campervan hire holiday from Sydney along the pacific highway down towards Melbourne.
Contact travelwheels in English, Deutsch or Français
Remember you can contact Travelwheels for FREE advice on campervan hire in Australia any time. We have plenty of free route planners in different languages and we love to help you plan your trip. Our friendly staff will answer any questions you may have and you can send travelwheels an email in English, Deutsch or Français
Sydney to Melbourne campervan itinerary Murramarang to Tilba Tilba
How long is the journey? 150 kms – approximately 2 to 3 hours driving time, lots of secluded beaches and beautiful accessible national parks to visit on route. If you are lucky there is also the chance to see 10,000 Fairy Penguins or a migrating humpback whale!
Murramarang National Park – Free walking or hiking adventurest!
Sydney is now a distant memory and we are now in Murramarang NP. There are many short picturesque walks you can don in this national park and they are all for FREE! Why not start your day with one of these short walks before jumping back into your travelwheels campervan hire van on your way south towards Batemans Bay? This is the starting point to the coastal region which is known as ‘Eurobodalla’ which begins in Bateman’s Bay and eventually finishes at Narooma.
Travelwheels campervan hire Sydney tips – make sure you explore “Eurobodalla” area.
You will quickly see what travelwheels campervan hire staff love this area. There are 83 beaches to discover, islands, rivers, lakes, coastal villages and plenty of wilderness and wildlife reserves!
Eurobodalla is a natural wildlife sanctuary, famous for kangaroos and wallabies, whales, seals and penguins! Each year in late winter and spring, the waters off Eurobodalla’s coastline become a thoroughfare for migrating whales, providing some of the best whale watching opportunities in the world!
Whale Watching in Eurobadalla September to November each year
Eurobodalla’s whale watching season runs from September to November annually. On your way down from Sydney to Melbourne with your travelwheels campervan hire van you should definitely stop here between these months.
The Whales will be moving from Melbourne up the coast towards Queensland whilst you be travelling in the other direction from Sydney to Melbourne! During their ‘southern migration” the whales are moving slowly and they are often with calves and seem to travel closer to the coastline. Scan the waters and you are likely to be rewarded with a sighting with whales often venturing in so close you can hear their breath as they exhale! Humpbacks, Southern Rights and Orcas can all be spotted from aboard a professional whale watching tour while there’s plenty of action for land-based whale watchers too.
Bateman’s Bay is the next stop on your travelwheels campervan hire Sydney to Melbourne holiday. This is a small seaside town and it is a place real Australians go for their annual holiday! It’s very popular for long weekend breaks from Sydney and has a number of nice beaches to the south of the town.
If you fancy having a go at surfing then Tomakin beach is well known for its surf. This is also a great place to hire a sea kayaking, and a lovely place to explore for a few days. You can park up your travelwheels campervan by the beach and enjoy this beach. You can also hire surfboards and canoes nearby, so no excuse not to jump out of your travelwheels campervan and hit the surf!
For more water based activities, why not hire a Jet Ski from Coriggan’s Beach? Travelwheels camper hire also recommends the 3 hour river cruise up to a riverside historic village called Nelligen. For more information on all of these activities, the helpful local tourist board at naturecoast is a good place for information.
It’s time to jump back into your travelwheels campervan hire and follow the road south towards Narooma (direction – Melbourne). On the way you will pass Montague Island which is 8kms offshore and has now been declared a nature reserve. Travelwheels campervan hire Melbourne recommends visiting Montague Island 10,000 pairs of Fairy Penguins live here! This is also a great place to spot sea birds and colonies of fur seals.
Back on the main road as you are driving towards Melbourne, don’t forget to get your camera out as to take a picture of Australia Rock, which is slightly off the beaten track. To get to it, you first have to drive down Bar Rock Road and go past the golf course and it’s near the river mouth on Wagonga Head.
The next village you will travel through is Tilba Tilba which has a population of about 120 people and has many historic cottages and some great cafes to explore. Well worth a stop to see all the little arts and craft outlets and to grab some lunch.
Bega is next town on your journey and it’s famous for one thing, CHEESE! It’s worth making a slight detour here to visit the Cheese factory to taste some of the Bega Cheese you see in shops all over Australia! http://www.begacheese.com.au
Sydney to Melbourne campervan itinerary visit Bega
TODAY YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION…Do we keep on the coastal road with our travelwheels campervan or do we head inland and visit the wonderful KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK?
Right we have made out decision and the next stop on the Travelwheels Sydney Melbourne campervan itinerary is to visit Bega! We really Fancied climbing Australia’s highest peak, then follow the scenic drive to Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain 2228 metres!
What is Australia’s highest Mountain Mt Kosciuszko 2228m
What is Australia’s highest Mountain Mt Kosciuszko 2228m high. Fancy having a go at climbing Australia’s highest peak? Then all you have to do is jump in your travelwheels campervan and follow the mountains to climb Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain 2228 metres. At Travelwheels campervans we will let you into a secret is more like a big hill than a mountain, so its relatively easy to climb on a well marketed out path – so what are you waiting for?
How about exploring NSW’s largest National Park? This is a great opportunity to visit a genuine wilderness and is a real sanctuary to so many rare native plants and animals.
Fancy Skiing in Australia? This National Park has some of the best ski fields in winter and some fantastic Mountain biking in the summer months.
The bush walking and the ability to roam in NSW’s biggest national park is something every visitor to Australia should experience – try it you will like it too!
From Bega we head inland and up into the gateway of the mountains, Cooma on our way to the ‘Snowy Mountains’. Regardless of what season you visit, you can always have a great time in the snowy mountains. It is known as being a real life sanctuary for many wild animals and just being in the park is a wonderful experience. In the spring, an amazing carpet of wild flowers comes to life once the snow capped mountains melt away. In the spring/summer bush walking and great mountain biking becomes very popular as well as horse trekking and white water rafting as well. In the winter, the whole area is transformed and it becomes a winter wonderland with some of the best ski fields in Australia!
The next stop is Jindabyne – which is located on the eastern edge of the National Park, and is a useful base to explore this vast area of national parklands. In the middle of the summer or during the ski season when this area can get busy, staying at Jindabyne is a cheaper option than staying in Thredbo or Perisher Valley. The NPWS Snowy Region Visitors Centre near Kosciuszko Rd www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au will provide you with loads of free information on good places to explore and visit, and will sell you cheap camping permits as well.
In Jindabyne you can stay at a number of campsites right by the water’s edge. Try these guys at jindabyneholidaypark.com.au
Try to find the NPWS Kosciuszko Today newspaper which outlines lots of things to do and shows the accessible walks which will give you a taste of what this area is all about. If you like being active, and getting into the beautiful views and amazing wildlife, you can do so much in this area, so give yourself plenty of time. How about trying one of these activities?
- Mountain Biking
- Horse Trekking
- White Water Rafting
- Lots of Water sports including sailing, canoeing, powerboats, and more!
- Skiing or Snowboarding
- Scenic Drives
- Wonderful Wildlife and Natural Bush to Explore
Remember this park is massive, so you will need a few days to appreciate its beauty. Using Jindabyne as your base you can explore the following areas. Perisher Valley – at 1680 metres, it is the largest resort in the southern hemisphere and also includes the areas of Guthega, Smiggin Holes, and Mount Blue Cow http://www.perisherblue.com.au/winter/index.php
Thredbo – an Alpine style mountain village that feels like it should be in Europe not Australia! The chairlifts stay open in the summer for mountain bikers, so you don’t have to pedal back up the mountains!
Charlotte Pass/Mount Selwyn – starting point for the big alpine walks which includes a 12km one way walk to the highest point in Australia! The Alpine Way – this is a 100km scenic route between Golburn to Albany which is a great drive and a brilliant way to get a feeling of how big this national park really
Yarrangobilly Caves – These have lots of stalagmites and stalactites with unusual names such as ‘the wedding cake’ and the ‘judges wig’ just to name two. There are a number of caves to explore, so it’s worth spending some time in the area. If you feel like relaxing, then why not jump into the 27c thermal pool and melt away your worries!
After you have spent a few days or weeks in this area, you have to make another decision on which route to take, you can go one of three ways :
1. IF YOU ARE SHORT OF TIME – cross Charlotte’s pass and you can follow part of the Murray River back to Albury and head down the Hume Highway. This is the least picturesque route, but if you are short of time, then this is the quickest way back to Melbourne or Sydney depending on which direction you are travelling in. Personally this route cuts out a lot of beautiful places, so only do this route if you are short of time.
2. DOUBLE BACK AND HEAD FOR THE COAST – you can back track and head back to the pacific coastline and follow it around to Marlo. We would suggest stopping at a number of fantastic beaches along the ‘Sapphire coast’ and why not have a look at some of the national parks along the way such as, Ben Boyd, Croajingolong (excellent choice for a couple of days on a beautiful beach relaxing) or Cape Conran National Parks.
Cape Conran National Park – where the Snowy River meets the sea, it’s a great place for fishing, beautiful beaches, and lovely walks.
3. TRAVEL WHEELS RECOMMENDATION, GO OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO MARLO
This is our choice, travel over the mountains and take in some fantastic scenery as you drive from Jindabyne over the Mackillop Range through the Snowy National Park, Gelantipy, Bucan and eventually dropping from the mountains back to the Marlo and then on to the coast to Cape Conran for a sea view as you camp after a great day’s traversing the mountains in NSW.
Sydney to Melbourne campervan itinerary visit Wilsons Promontory
Travelwheels campervans recommends visiting Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. This is a great place to explore in a campervan hire holiday and lots of great walks and plenty of amazing Australian wildlife for you to check out.
Visit Wilson’s Promontory with travelwheels campervans
This is when things can really get exciting as we now slowly making our way toward Wilson’s Promontory via Lakes Entrance and the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. Lakes entrance marks the start of the Gippsland Coastal National Park with a ninety mile beach and very long and thin sand dunes that are still relatively unspoilt to this day. However to fully appreciate this park, you need a boat as it’s the only way to really explore this area, so it’s time to jump back in to the campervan on your way down south!
Wild Koalas at Raymond Island – don’t forget to stop at Raymond Island as it’s a special place for wildlife and is known as being one of the most concentrated wild populations of Koalas in Australia! Metung – if Koalas are not your thing then Metung which is situated on a peninsula on the lake and is a popular destination for those who want a waterside lifestyle. http://www.metung.com
Our suggestion now would be to take a slightly more direct line heading towards Wilson’s Promontory National Park as you are in for a real treat and you are going to need a few days here to appreciate its sheer beauty. Without a doubt, this is one of Victoria’s top destinations; imagine stunning mountains covered in native forests running right down to beautiful white sandy beaches and to accompany this there are the sounds of the rivers as they make their way down to join the sea.
This is a special place and another favourite of the Travel Wheels team. It’s also a fantastic place to see wild wombats, and they are such lovely animals, it’s well worth walking in the bush and trying to find them, however they might end up find you instead! WOMBATS & TENTS! – If you are camping remember to close your tent door as Wombats are attracted to body heat and you may find one curled up beside you in your tent if you leave the tent door open!
Visit Wilson’s Promontory travelwheels campervans
Visit Wilson’s Promontory travelwheels campervans – Wilson’s Promontory is a magical place, and the Travelwheels campervan hire tip is to try and get there during the week, as it is a favourite spot for locals for a perfect weekend getaway from Melbourne, so go in the week and it will be so quite! The park is truly a stunning place and there are so many great ways to get into the bush and explore this fantastic place. Some of the surrounding areas such as the North East Region are truly wildernesses areas and you can only reach them by bush walking or by boat. Here is a short list of some of the great places to visit and explore, take your time as you are in for a treat.
The Tidal River Area – this is one of the easier to reach areas with lush forest and great beaches with lots of bush walking. It’s well worth making this your base to explore the area, as there is so much to do.
Enjoy wildlife – how about sharing your campsite at the Tidal River Area with Wombats, Kangaroos and Parrots as they live in harmony with us humans.Enjoy walking – how about a beautiful 9km return walk visiting a number of beaches as you wander towards the Tidal River Area.
If you want a short, but still very enjoyable walk and a chance to see a number of wild animals then from the car parks you can easily reach Squeaky Beach, Whiskey Bay or Picnic Bay – these are great short walks.
Walk along Squeaky Beach – it gets its name from the sound of the sands under your feet as you walk along the beach, why don’t you try and see if it’s true? For 360 degree view climb Mount Oberon – It takes about two hours return, but you will be well rewarded with superb views and a fantastic feeling of being on top of an untouched world, well worth the hike! Capture the sunset at Whiskey Bay – grab your camera and slowly walk along to Whiskey bay and wait for the sun to set to take that magical picture. Oberon Bay loop – this is a great day walk that captures the essence of this area, it takes approximately 6-7 hours, but it’s well worth it.
Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island road trip
Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island – is one of the most fantastic campervan road trips in Australia! There is so much to see and do! Way less tourists and if you love nature, then this is perfect for you!
Driving Directions Wilson’s Promontory to Phillip Island
HOW LONG IS THE JOURNEY? 100 kms – approximately 2 to 3 hours driving time, but you might be side tracked by cuddling a Wombat or seeing literally thousands and thousands of Fairy Penguins which truly is a magical sight, one of the highlights of my trip!
After the remote and beautiful Wilson’s Promontory, it’s still not time to head to the metropolis of Melbourne; there is a still lot to see on your journey! On the way to Wonthaggi you will pass Inverloch which is a popular surf spot for locals, so grab your board and hit the waves! As you get closer to San Remo,
it’s worth stopping at the Winter Wonderland to see some unusual things! If you fancy seeing a preserved Great White Shark up close or want to see the famous Gippsland worms that can grow up to 3m in length, but the real gem here is the chance to cuddle Wombats who have been orphaned.
Travelwheels campervans must visit Phillip Island Fairy Penguins
Travelwheels campervans tip must visit Phillip Island Fairy Penguins! We are now getting very close to one of the biggest tourist attractions in Victoria, the amazing Phillip Island! You will see thousands of mini Fairy Penguins walking literally a metre away from you after long day fishing.
This truly is a spectacular sight and often one of the true highlights of anybody’s trip to Australia. Ok, it is a bit commercial, but when was the last time you were able to get so close to so many penguins, make sure you get down to see them as it’s a great sight! Travelwheels campervan hire tip is to go down about two hours sunset so that you can get a prime spot before all the people who arrive by coach turn up!
Visiting Phillip Island – travelwheels campervans travel tips
What else can you do on the Island? First of all, it’s great to explore the island by hiring a campervan as it makes it really easy to get around as its only 9km wide and 26km long!
This way by hiring a campervan you get to explore all the places the guys visiting by coach race by! There are loads of fun and more importantly FREE things to do, have a look at this short list and see which things you would be interested in doing.
- Great Beaches – some great sunny beaches are found near Cowes.
- Fancy a swim; why not try the safe swimming beaches on the sandy northern shores.
- Surfing the wild waves– this coast is not for beginners as there are some dangerous, but very exciting surf beaches for those that can handle big waves.
- Walking and seeing wildlife – try the footpaths near Cape Woolamai for great views and plenty of fresh air!
- Seal Rocks – see Australia’s largest seal colony – note you can only walk down so far, so a pair of binoculars will be handy to full appreciate all these seals!
- Koala Conservation Centre (have to pay an entrance fee, but well worth it) – great way of seeing Koalas as nature intended. You climb up to a set of boardwalks actually in the tree tops so that you can walk around and see them up close rather than looking up from the ground.
Phillip Island great place to park campervan for free and enjoy a seaview! There are lots of great places to park up your travelwheels campervan hire Hitop, so travelwheels recommendation finding a quiet spot and spending a few nights here. Then when you are ready, pack up all your stuff back into the travelwheels campervans and do some more exploring before finally parking up your campervan in Melbourne.
Sydney to Melbourne Campervan Itinerary Phillip Island to city
Travelwheels campervan Hire recommends the trip from Phillip Island to Melbourne via Mornington Peninsula.
Driving Directions Phillip Island to Melbourne by campervan
Sorrento visit Victorian Styled Bathing Boxes by beach
Probably your next stop will be Sorrento with its brightly coloured old fashioned Victorian Styled Bathing Boxes by the beach.
Visit Port Phillip Bay Dolphin Watching Tours
Port Phillip Bay famous for Dolphin Watching Tours – this area is not just about the cafes and boutique shops that the locals from Melbourne visit on the weekends. Port Phillip Bay is also famous for dolphin watching as well. If you are lucky, you can see them from the shoreline, however going on an organised tour gives you the chance to see them up close. Port Phillip Bay is becoming a popular destination for dolphin watching, with the number of local dolphins on the rise! There are now approximately 150 bottlenose dolphins living in the bay, with up to 60 of them frequenting the southern end of Port Phillip.
FANCY SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS?
Ecologically sound and internationally renowned, Polperro Dolphin Swims is a Hall of Fame Environmental Tourism multi-award winning tour operation that offers people the opportunity to observe and swim with wild bottle-nose dolphins in Port Phillip Bay. For more information visit www.polperro.com.au
Driving Directions Port Phillip Bay to Melbourne by campervan
Driving Directions Port Phillip Bay to Melbourne by campervan. This is probably the last stop you will make with your travelwheels campervan hire. This will be just before turning around and heading via the coast road towards Melbourne. However there are still plenty of places to visit in your campervan. For example you will pass through Blairgowie, Rosebyd, Dromana, Monington and finally Frankston. Then it straight ahead to the travelwheels campervan hire depot. If you keep on this road you will end up in St Kilda which has now become a lively beachside resort in the heart of Melbourne, and the home to travelwheels campervan hire Melbourne depot
When is Mornington Market on? Last Sunday of every month
MORNINGTON MARKET – When is Mornington Market on? The Market is always on during the last Sunday of every month. Just follow the signs for the Mornington Race Course with your travelwheels campervan and spend a few hours checking out the market. Just about everything at Mornington Market is either homemade, home grown & is generally not available in the shops. The Market offers over 300 stalls of handcrafted quality merchandise, produce and food all in an open-air venue. Shoppers can picnic on the racecourse’s manicured lawns while listening to the talents of local musicians.
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